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stories out there. the obama administration, this is their baby. they've got to tell the american people, give us some guidance, but i think it needs to be delayed. they have got to find a way to just give confirmation to somebody who signed up, and if you have signed up, go print something out, because i mean, i don't know what else to do other than say create a record of what you've done. >> yeah. boy, that's not very encouraging. >> yes. >> congressman chaffetz, thank you very much. >> thank you. >>> here's a question, what happened to affordable in affordable care act. aca is what they want it to be known as, despite skyrocketing costs for patients, for doctors, for employers. the grand prize winner of the obama video care contest is called "forget about the price tag." ♪ you're young, you're wild, you're free, but you need to stay healthy ♪ ♪ there's no excuse to be uninsured, just stop for a minute and think ♪ ♪ you're not immune to all disease, take advantage of this opportunity ♪ ♪ keep your mind at ease and get the security, don't need a lot of money, money, money
. >>> the obama administration is making a push to get young, healthy americans to sign up for obama care but as the numbers are very slow to pick up, the architect of obama care told our own chris wallace today, it's a lack of promotion, not the botched rollout that is to blame for low enrollment. >> no one has launched a big pr campaign to get these people signed up because of the problems with the federal website. we are about to launch a big pr campaign and that, i think, is going to persuade a lot of people to sign up. >> the white house may not have started its latest pr campaign but state exchanges are certainly looking to attract younger demos using racy ads like this one with internet means like this one like hey, girl, and cutouts of actors like ryan gosling. still, almost half of millennials say they are not going to sign up. joining me is a columnist for the washington times, charlie herd. the president has been promoting this thing for four long years with all kinds of things like wild promises and now one of his own obama care architects says he hasn't promoted it enough and
direct contact between the obama administration and pyongyang. as a result of that, the obama administration got a call saturday morning saying, without explanation, he was being released, and he suddenly appeared in beijing and got on a flight to the united states. this is what joe biden had to say. >> i offered him a ride home. but he got a direct flight to san francisco, his home. i don't blame him, i'd be on that flight too. >> also saying hereleased, got word on another u.s. citizen they were asking to be released. you know, that very public apology is often the way that they actually pave the way for citizens being released. not so in the case of kenneth bay. we will see what happens. good news today in san francisco for the newman family. >> good news indeed. we're glad he's home. did he actually say he wanted a cheeseburger and to see my wife? >> i think his wife came before the cheeseburger. that will be the most welcoming you can possibly get. kelly. >> all right, warming the food and the heart. thank you. >> that is such a relief. >> it is. >>> tributes are pouring
. bret? >> domestically the administration has its hands full with obama care. on the foreign policy front, there is a potential bump in the road with iran sanctions in that there is a potential bipartisan deal in congress to move forward -- >> brett, right. we are hearing tonight that senator lindsey graham and several republicans joined by democratic senators, among them chuck schumer of new york, senior man in the democratic leadership, will hold a news conference on tuesday to announce they will introduce a bill that will apply more stringent sanctions on iran unless they meet a set of conditions within six months. far stronger than any imposed so far and would resemble the shape of what they hope will be the final outcome of the negotiation. if the negotiation don't get us there, these sanctions would take effect. >> that is embarrassing for the administration. >> it would be, if they say it strengthens the administration's hands. and the problem is these sanctions might easily pass the senate and if they pass the senate, they will almost certainly pass the house, forcing the pr
in the state's mental health care system. , a topll before congress obama administration official explains what action is needed now. >> as we go to break how much a look at the national tree lighting ceremon a subaru... ...are the hands that do good things for the whole community: the enviroent, seniors, kids, and animals. that's why we created the share e love event. by the end of this year, the total donated by subaru could reach 35 million dollars. you get a great deal on a new subaru. we'll donate 250 dollars to a choice of charities that benefit your community. it feels good to be a helping hand. >> we are talking about the farm bill land of congress cannot agree quick lee, get ready to pay a lot more at the grocery store. >> secretary of agriculture tom vill sack says they need to know about it. giving a very real warning. cliques you're going to go to the grocery store to get the gallon of milk and you will not be able to find it. >> the farm bill expired october 1 day of the secretary tom vill sack warning failure to renew could trigger something called permanent law established to hel
again. you may not be. the obama administration dropping a bombshell. thousands of americans who recently signed up for insurance may be left without coverage right before the new year and the federal government hasn't told them. we'll tell you the details. >>> and, guys, one of my favorite stories, ever. uh-oh spa getios. the company tweeting out this picture as a tribute to pearl harbor. what was meant as an honor was inappropriate. you have to read the spaghettios headline. >>> "fox & friends" begins right now. >>> and "fox & friends," welcome. the popular show. >> we think it is. >> "fox & friends" christmas party, we'll share photos from that yesterday. >> we shut down the bowling lane yesterday. most of our crew did pretty well, and a segment on how it is the holiday christmas party. i. a lot of folks will wind up going to work hungover. tips how to beat the hangover. >> tips, fake it until you make it. >> that's what i'm doing right now. >> don't announce that. >>> and while you were sleeping, american war veteran captured in north korea over a month released. right now he
journalist seymour hirsch allegeding the obama administration cherry picked the intelligence it had about who used sarin gas to kill hundreds of syrian civilians in august. here's what president obama said when addressing the nation on september 10th, making the case for military action. >> we know the assad regime was responsible. in the days leading up to august 21st, we know that assad's chemical weapons personnel prepared for an attack near an area where they mix sarin gas. they distributed gas masks to their troops. then they fired rockets from a regime controlled area into lebanon neighborhoods that the regime has been trying to wipe clear of opposition forces. if we fail to act, the assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons. >> hirsch, however, says it's not so crystal clear that assad was the one who definitively used the chemical weapons. to be clear, cnn has not verified any of his reporting. let's bring in seymour hirsch to explain. what exactly are you reporting? >> first, i'm not saying i know but i don't think our administration knew, either. don't forget, w
. >>> environmental groups are threatening to suit obama ad -- sue the obama administration. in the past energy companies could only get a five year permit. the national society blasted the change. a recent study found that wind turbines kill nearly one and half million bats and birds each year including eagles. >>> and the national park discovered 55 wheals on in shallow water or beached. nine of the wails are con -- whales are confirmed moving into deeper water. >>> and design ised to help customers -- designed to help customers navigate their stores. users whether receive targeted messages on their phones bassed on where they are in the store. customers will have to download the app and enable their blue tooth to get the messages. >>> just a huge for huge game for the 49ers this weekend as they host the seattle seahawks. lots oflots of sea fans making the trek to the candlestick. >> reporter: for football fans it may be the hottest game of the season. the battle saturday even has -- australias gearing up. sea supporters talking about their safety in wake of big brawls there previously. >> i
obama administration. with unemployment insurance to expire for 1.3 million if condepress doesn't act by the end. month, the white house is stuck in an ironic situation. they are arguing for an end to the cut if growth improves, gdp, in the last court, and down to 7% on friday, the lowest in five years. the administration says unemployment insurance has to be extended. white house spokesman jay carney made the case on friday afternoon. >> the news we have today reinforces that we need to address the problem and extend the unemployment insurance benefits to those individuals. this is a persistent problem. it would be terrible to tell more than a million families across the country, a few days after christmas, that they are out of benefit, that we hope that congress will, as it has in the past, address the challenge. >> one of the more interesting things about the economic numbers, the good economic numbers is they haven't improved - the unemployment rate went down despite the gridlock in washington and the political hold the economy back. you have to wonder how good the growth would be
officials. you see it in the coverage of the obama administration where newspapers and media outlets repeat what the government says without any investigation. that's what i mean by servitude to the government. >> i would argue with you all the time and there are plenty of examples of good aggressive reporting. you said, obviously the rancid accusation that paid investigative journalism is tantamount to the buying and selling of government secrets. do you think your critics want you prosecuted? >> sure. i mean some of my critics have called on me to be prosecuted for the crime of doing journalism, for the crime of informing my fellow citizens and readers about what the united states government is doing to their privacy almost entirely in the dark. the idea that somehow when you're a journalist and you work for a newspaper that pays you for the articles you write is a way of trying to create a theory that justifies the prosecution of journalists. if that's a theory that somebody embraces it means investigative journalism which is about uncovering those thing that people with political and ec
. and healthcare.gov is running smoothly the obama administration is back in sales mode and president obama will kickoff a campaign today to promote the affordable care act. the white house wants to point out the benefits of the reform law and they plan to focus on a specific benefit each day until the sign up deadline on december 23, that is when anyone who needs coverage on january 1st must be enrolled. the white house is offering money to ensurers so people who like their health plans can keep them. the obama administration says the payments would offset the cost of reinstating cancelled policies and millions of people received cancellation notices and the cancelled policies do not meet the standards of the healthcare law. it was an attack that standed the dance world, now the verdict is in for a former member of russia's famed ballet and find out why you may have to pay sales tax for everything you buy online and the fight over food and they are considering cutting subsidies to some of the world's poorest people. ♪ ♪ good morning and welcome back to al jazeera america and i'm thomas
,800 centerfuges added to iran stock. so sanctions have utterly failed. >> reporter: in washington the obama administration contradicted his version of events. >> there is no question if you look at the facts of the impact of oil revenues and impact on their economic growth at large that there was a huge impact of the -- the sanctions had an enormous impact and that was a driving factor in bringing the iranians back to the negotiating table. >> reporter: many speculating that if it succeeds washington and tahir may cooperate and it could be useful at the up coming peace talks known as geneva two and the u.s. response. >> the goal is to have a governing body, that is the goal of the geneva conference and they have not embraced that as the focus of the geneva communication. >> reporter: it is in the middle of what could be described as a charm offensive and visiting officials in saudi arabia that sent guns and cash to the syrian opposition and they insist iran is trying to be a good neighbor. >> we believe that we need, all of us, need to cooperate with each other to, in fact, contain the sp
because the obama administration, with a flood of subsidies, caused the colleges to raise tuitions to capture the subsidies. and now they are coming out with this debt and they are greeted by the obama congratulations, you have got a degree buy some insurance that you don't want at a price you can't afford. it's just not promising. charles? >> look, as for harry reid, i can't believe it's a coordinated campaign. it's too insane. i think it's harry reid wearing, trying on a tin hat. and i would just say, harry, give it up. you can argue all you want but the sunrises in the west. it's not going to work. and you you get this speaking against the: receive cancellations. they know they lost their insurance. there is no way to talk around it the other thing that the obama administration the white house is pushing is the success of the exchanges because they got 30,000 people supposedly enrolled. let's assume it's enrolled. they aren't enrolled. >> no ones that paid premiums? >> exactly. shopping and semienrolled. aspirationally enrolled let's put it that way. in two days. you do the math
nationwide at this hour. >>> well, the obama administration is expected to shift into public relations mode this week. with healthcare.gov in the hands of digital experts, we're told that the white house is prepared to launch a major campaign to get more people to sign up overall. they got to get going. because the deadline to get coverage for january 1st is december 23rd. the penalties will kick in to all of those still uninsured in about four months. let's bring in our panel. you know, you all can also weigh in on twitter @fn insider and ought harris faulkner. big pr campaign. what likely is coming? >> basically that things are improving steadily and you can sign up easily and you will get insurance that will be affordable and arguably better than what you had before. and that the problems with the system have largely been addressed. and bottom line, harris, we are heading towards the realization of the goals of the aca. whether that will be the reality, remains to be seen. but that's what the campaign will say. >> it's not as though we haven't seen any sort of a push. in fact, dr. seekia
at the white house. the obama administration is giving staff photographs access to the president that media organizations should have too. good morning from washington. details coming up on preparations for the massive memorial service for nelson mandela in south africa. we are starting with the economy. there have been solid job numbers and major revision for the gd approximate, and a strong end to the week on wall street. it has a bunch of experts predictioning that a steadily improving economy is on the horizon for the coming year. what would that mean politically? health care and obstruction are the clubs are choice for the two parties. they are beating each other up over both issues and both could be problems as well. the economy is the wild card right now. right now things are looking up. on friday we got word that they push the average jobs growth to 189,000 a month. not great, but not horrible. it's an improvement over 2012. unemployment is down to 7% down 18/10 of a point from this time last year and the lowest since november of 2008. we saw a big revision that was up 3.6% in the t
president obama but the administration knew that it was false what they were saying was false. >> how could president obama not know if this is signature? >> ion't know. let me tell you something. sebelius knew. she. >> she had to know. >> her organization passed the regulations that made the grandfathering promise completely empty. so she knew that people were going to lose their plans. they were going to lose them by the millions. picture, this you get kicked off ofour plan, now you have got to go on a web site that doesn't work, sithere for hours and perhaps days trying to get. >> trying to figure out where the plan. >> no choice to do it because you have got kids. you have health issues. you have to work. you have to do it. you log onand finally get through after all the nonsense. and now, now, up to 30% of the people who have done that, think they have insurance and they rectified it and they haven't. >> no, because the insurance companies haven't processed their applications. another. it's messing up all these forms and now when those people go to their doctor or have their operation
announced by the obama administration that's pitting environmentalists against each other. as justin gray reports this controversy all centers on wind power. >> reporter: few animals inspire the same emotion. the bald eagle, a national symbol, its image everywhere from the dollar bill to the white house. it's a bird that made a remarkable come back all the way from the bring of extinction. but now the biggest threat to the bird could be a green energy source of the future, wind power. the obama administration just announced new rules for windturbine facilities. 30-year permits are now available that allow for the accidental killing of bald eagles. it used to be killing a bald eagle was always a crime. the national wildlife federation say they're supporters of wind power, but not this new rule. >> you have to provide more certainty for the eagles and make sure they're safeguarded. >> reporter: a study found 85 eagles deaths tied to wind farms but say the number is probably much larger. they relied on companies to self-report those deaths when killing an eagle is against the law. the depart
. >> the argument they are making with the creepy uncle sam showed they still do it. it's by the obama administration to make you get something you don't need and you probably don't want. it's a crazy thing. the president is going after young people in particular. one because you need them in the pool. you need the premiums and helping people in the pools to help pay for all the older people who are much more expensive. this doesn't work if everyone is not in the pool. especially if young people aren't. >> that's the argument. they want the law to mail and they would start bankrupting insurance companies because they break the model. >> the insurance companies may be bankrupt even further. this is deeply cynical. the website works and let's go back to the argument. we are making in the first place. guess what happened if you don't get the young people. not like the exchanges go away. they become a lot more expensive. they won't wind up killing them, they will wound them and guess who will be stuck with the tab. the taxpayer. with the republicans and conservatives are doing is expanding
of a possible hacking occurrence. banks are now much safer and the obama administration's goal of overhauling the financial system is almost complete -- that's what treasury secretary jack lew is expected to say in a speech later today. according to draft copies of that speech circulated yesterday, it's likely the secretary will also call for more rules for u-s banks. he is also expected to say that other countries need to do more to ensure their own financial institutions are properly regulated. china is banning bitcoin trading by major banks. it's a critical first step as government officials begin to regulate the digital currency. the chinese central bank said the virtual money has not posed a threat, but carries risks. regulators say bitcoins are anonymous, untraceable and can be transmitted electronically - which is cause for concern. apple is close to a deal with a chinese mobile company to sell i-phones overseas. the agreement gives apple access to china mobile's 700 million customers. some say it will give a major boost to apple in one of the world's most important smartphone markets
administration trying to assure americans it will fix the problems with obama care, but some pundits say they better make good on the promise and fast. >> also, john kerry's trying to sell a nuclear deal with iran. >> and there are new developments in this. remember this? when a police officer opened fire on that mini van filled with children? we'll tell you what happens, next. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. and our giant idaho potato truck is still missing. so my dog and i we're going to go fi it. it's out there somewhere spading the good word about idaho potatoes and raising money for meals on wheels. but we'd really like our truck back, so if you see it, let us know, would you? thanks. what? >>> update on the shocking dash cam video we brought you in october. this from new mexico. that video of a traffic stop turned into chaos. a new mexico police officer opening fire on a van full of children after their mother is stopped and still sped away. now, the officer has b
for the obama administration. >> one of the ironies here with in34r0eu8inemployment insuranced to finish in the next month. and then on fl friday down to sevensevenpercent the lowest in. the unemployment insurance has to be ex-temedded. extended. jay carney made that announcement. we need to address that problem and to extend the unparliament beunemploymentagain benefits to those individuals. it's a per citie persist persist would be terrible to tell families that they're out of benefits. we are hoping that congress will address this challenge. >> one. interesting thing about these good economic numbers the economy has improved and the unemployment rate went down despite the head winds that were supposed to hold the economy back. you won goar how good the greefort would be woit the government shut down that threatened the economy over the course kft last month and from october to november trchlts good news for the white house and the country's economy and we'll see if it sustaineds tes sustaine sh quite er and if th -- quart qua. >>> we continue owr coverage off the life and death of nel
about present day. the obama administration warning about the lapse in unemployment benefits saying it may cost as many as 240,000 jobs but there's another side to the argument. should benefits and? when should they end? they are capped at 73 weeks in most states average fewer than that. >> they kick in after state benefits have run out and it was a program started under bush and continued under obama. it went from 99 weeks to 73. i don't know what the right number is but i do know that the 1.3 million americans who are getting unemployment benefits and having the stop on the 28th is bad politics and bad policy. >> today, john boehner told reporters at the presidents real focus ought to be on creating a better environment for our economy and creating more jobs for the american people. those jobs were there, shovel ready jobs that president obama spoke of often, would we be having this discussion about benefits? >> the unemployment rate has gone down from 2000 eight. whether there are enough or not, that is what politicians can debate around the edges. peoplelion, these are who come
. good morning. last week, as middle-class families prepared for thanksgiving, the obama administration tried to hide another unilateral one-year delay of obamacare, just like in the right before independence day holiday, the administration tried to hide the delay of the business mandate. president obama and others have tried to hide what they knew about the website problems well before the launch. the administration tries to continue to hide problem's on the back end of the website that delivers information and payments to insurers often as we now know incorrectly. to administration has tried hide the security problems that exist with the website that one official called limitless, prior to the website launch. the president and house democrats tried to hide for years that millions of americans would lose the coverage they like. the president and house democrats tried to hide for years that many americans would now lose access to the doctors, pediatricians, and perhaps even the hospitals they choose. at this point, one has to ask what else are they hiding? while the white house wants to
obama care tax that is reportedly pricey. we are trying to learn if this administration has quietly passed a rule giving unions a very big break on that tax. trace gallagher has the story. >> reporter: the tax is called a reinsurance fee. it's on nearly every health plan for the first three years, meant to raise about $25 billion over the three years to help pay for people with pre-existing conditions. if the change is approved nobody would be exempt next year. in 2015 and 2016 groups that act as their own insurance companies and their own claims processors would be exempt to unions that self-insure would greatly benefit. republican senator orin hatch says it certainly looks like the obama administration is looking at a special deal for unions which is deeply concerning given the problems that all americans are facing due to obama care. now the unions argue this is not aimed at them. it's not nearly enough. the laborers union says, again quoting, as the new regulations offer no substantive relief for our health care plan the laborers union will continue to look for opportunities to
south african official in the apartheid era, but now, we turn to washington where the obama administration has put together a team of democratic lawmakers to sell the embattled health care law to a skeptical public. we'll speak to an architect of obama care, but joining me now is is rand paul. welcome back. >> good morning. >> before we get to obama care, i want to talk to you about your trip to detroit this week where you helped open the first of what are going on several republican outreach centers and inner cities. you also unveiled your plan for economic freedom zones in depressed areas. let's take a look at that plan. you had sent a flat individual and corporate tax rate with 5%. give parents more school choice and education tax credits and loosen visa rules to encourage entrepreneurs to open businesses. while those are all good ideas, you've got to pour more government money into those inner cities if you're going to make a difference. >> well, chris, it hasn't worked. the president pours a trillion dollars into the nation's economy when you divided it out, it was abou
is the white house's take. >> reporter: there is a paint by numbers aspect ever since the obama administration took office. yes, the unemployment rate has largely gone down. private sector employment has increased for two years running now. the white house will say its good news but there is more work to be done. that's what they said today. the better the economy improves, that gdp rate that came out and shocked everything in the third quarter. 3.6% growth. that's nearly rebust but not near full employment strength. >> i think we just lost mike. we did. my apologies. still ahead on al jazeera america. the latest on the wintery blast causing problems in several states. >>> and trying to keep a deadly conflict from growing worse. plans to stop a slot center africa. that's next. >> bitter cold ice and heavy snow battering the southwest. thkentucky is experiencing real problems on the road. take a look at these pictures. in texas at least 180,000 people have lost power. mark snyder has the latest for us in dallas. >> here's a taste of what it looks like most of the day. here american airlines age
. disasters that seemed sure to doom the obama administration, but they suddenly didn't. all of these got widespread long coverage in terms of a lot of plays particularly by the right on these issues. these were the things that were going to bring the president down and people heard it over and over and other again. >> sure. and the president even seems more determined than even a couple years ago. you saw it in his speech that he gave the other day where he highlighted inequality and he challenged republicans to put their ideas forward. but he was isolating on what he sees as the problem. republicans. whereas in the past he would use the term washington. now he's saying well it's not washington. it's republicans and particularly it's how republicans. the president's in much more of a fighting mood which means writing off the rest of his presidency is going to be dangerous. >> so calling them out by name is something that could be interesting in 2014 midterm election if the president goes directly at them and not washington as a whole as he used to say rhetorically. >> absolutely. at this
to hostile acts against the regime, the koreans rang up the obama administration without explanation saying, hey, we're releasing him and lo and behold he found himself in beijing and on a flight heading towards san francisco. does coincide with a visit to south korea by joe biden, the u.s. vice president. and officials are saying that newman's release was the result of direct contact between washington and pyongyang. biden said it was a good thing the north koreans released someone. they should never have had in the first place. >>> offered him a ride home on air force two but a direct flight to san francisco, his home. so i don't blame him. i would be on that flight, too. >> and the vice president also calling for the release of kenneth bae, another american citizen who is being held by the north koreans. but the news for today really is mer merrill newman. there are some passengers coming through now. i'm not sure if they were on the flight from beijing. i imagine it's literally just getting to the airport right now. stay with us. back to you. >> dominic, thank you very much. we will be
, a catholic university. so earlier this week the school refiled a lawsuit against the obama administration over enforcing the mandate. now a majority of students on campus support the move on the part of notre dame. joining me now, notre dame junior shia ellis, a columnist for the school's newspaper. how are your fellow students at notre dame reacting to the lawsuit? i'm sure there's some buzz on the campus about it. >> the students at notre dame do support the university's effort to file this lawsuit. i mean, when students choose to go notre dame they choose a catholic education, and when the university feels as if its catholic education is being threatened by the federal government, students are really supporting it. >> so it's not so much just about contraceptives put also about the religious liberty, whether notre dame can operate with its faith without the federal government saying you can't believe that much. >> exactly. i think everyone would agree that you give the government an inch, they'll take a mile. you give them an opportunity to intrude on religion, and what is to stoop the
? >> the obama administration expanded the amount of information that people can access on healthcare.gov without having to create an account. without having to go through the process that's created a bottleneck for some people trying to access these plans. now you can see provider networks for the first time. you can see out-of-pocket costs for the first time. they are seeing this as a boone to consumers who just want information about their healthcare plans before they sign up. >> before they had this, i know there was a lot of criticism. you had to put your name, in put your social security number and date of birth. >> plenty of information. date of birth. every member of the feab family, address, previous addresses if you have moved recently. there is a lot of information that people had though supply upfront in order to start the shopping process. what they are doing now is to create more opportunities to look at information before you have to create that account. people are liking it, they say. >> i can now go on and look at the bronze plans or different plans and see the different prices a
with healthcare.gov. the obama administration said one in four americans who use the government website to sign up could have errors in their enrolment records. insurance companies are reporting records for enrolment files including name, address and your social security number. heath coverage is supposed to start january the 1st, giving than 30 days to fix the problem. doctors may end up with more patients and simply getting paid less for them. what is that, you mean? fewer doctors to choose from yourself. our resident health care reporter found out why. >> if you liked your during, you can keep your doctor, sos lopping as your doctor -- so long as your doctor keeps you. the new health law has many wondering if they can afford to keep self-insured patients. >> first-time physicians will see patients coming in with health insurance, covered through medicade because the expansion is one of the biggest parts of the insurance expansion in the affordable care act. >> that's a problem. many are covered under the health law. they restrict the number of medicade patients they accept because of low reimb
different parts of obama care, some of which the administration has deliberately delayed saying it's not ready, we don't have enough time. and the fact is, we won't actually entirely know whether obama care is successful or a total failure for a good while yet. and that doesn't really fall conveniently into this midterm election -- >> but if you saw what that governor said, if you see what a governor christie says, and i think what president obama should do, is own it. i did it, you know what, we need time to put it forward. let's go. >> so that's what the president is, right? so the president, despite the fact that his approval ratings right now, he's at a 50% disapproval rating, right? yet he recognizes, this is it. all the other things i mentioned in the show, he's not the president who did those things, he's the president who did this thing. he is embracing it and owning it, even the language of obama care. for a long time, i resisted. i was only saying aca on air, until the president said, we're all in, this is the thing we're doing. >> and rhetorically, he's got to embrace it
with administrations on both sides of the aisle. obama,sident barack mandela was a strong political and personal influence. he paid tribute last night. i am joined by the former ambassador to south africa under president george bush who worked with mandela. also with us is bloomberg political analyst matthew dowd. rick to have you with us. ambassador, -- >> -- great to have you with us. ambassador, let me start with you. tell us about what your meetings were like with him. >> the thing that really struck me was his level of graciousness and humility. he was not a big man, but he was larger than life in my eyes, and he struck me as a gentle soul. he offered me a tremendous level of encouragement, and he was very positive in terms of the interactions between me and him, and also felt that we had the opportunity to continue to strengthen the relationship between both south africa and the united states. >> matthew dowd, i want to play one part of the president's tribute to nelson mandela, where he was really emotional talking about his influence on him. >> we have lost one of the most influential, c
signed an open letter asking the obama administration and congress to rein in government surveillance. for more, let's go out to san francisco. cnn's dan simon is standing by with the latest. why did these technology companies write this letter right now? >> wolf, the most important thing for any company to have whether you're selling a product or providing a service is the trust of your customers. and clearly, these technology companies, the biggest ones on the planet, facebook, google, apple, microsoft, et cetera, are worried about a possible erosion of trust among its users after these nsa disclosures became public and edward snowden became a household name. they have called on the government and the president to show some leadership and provide restraint when it comes to surveillance and written this open letter. it reads in part "the balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual." wolf, this united and extraordinary show of support among these technology companies really shows that they are deeply concerned about use
administration, it comes on the heels of all the bad news about obama care. brianna keilar is at the white house this morning. good morning, brianna. >> reporter: good morning to you, carol. this is positive news for the obama administration. we don't have official reaction yet, that normally comes later generally in this hour so we'll be looking to are that but i think the read -- we've been through so many reports i think we have a sense of what the reaction will be, this say positive trend, still more work to do and you said carol, this allows president obama to focus on the economy, something he already tried to do this week in an address where he outlined new economic initiatives like the minimum wage, like increasing investments and infrastructure and education, so this gives him a little fuel to do that as the rollout to obama care has been so rocky. this is certainly something the white house is welcoming here. >> we'll check back. brianna keilar live at the white house this morning. >>> and now let's head back to washington and bring in wolf blitzer for more on our special coverage of t
of transparency issues with the obama administration with a lot of criticism on drone striking and a lot of criticism on his nsa policies as shown in the snowden scandal this last summer. you know, it is in the interest of a state to be able to protect its citizens from internal threats, and in that sense, a lot of things that president obama had to do with the nsa were justified. however, there were very, very far-reaching implications. >> actually, i agree with you on that, although it's tricky business. >> it's tricky business. >> to know where to draw the line. obama or obama care, or nsa, i'll give you options here, because you will admit the polls are plunging and sort of breath-taking to watch this happen. >> okay. i think we need to rewind a bit and just view what the youth, my generation, millenial generation, still holds true to their hearts. we still agree with president obama on the issues important to our generation. we still agree with him on issues like gay marriage. we still agree with him on issues like a woman's right to choose. and there are certain core values that i
is this mantra of the obama administration that some people have too much and some people have too little. the purpose of government is to take from them that have in order to give to them that don't. we are going to have free cell phones for some people or we are going to have this and going to have that increasing dependency on government whenever government decides that the system is somehow not fair. if you got more than the government decides is fair we're going to give it to people who have less than we think they ought to have. >> i don't know. and i guess i would add to that aspect. i think they sort of cheapen the seriousness of this issue for people living in fear that they are getting cut off, worried about serious medical things and here you have h.h.s. running a singing contest as bad as the guy in the bathtub with the two glasses of wine. just shows, just cheapens it but such an important national dialogue we should be having about this. >> look. i must admit i'm a little unsettled by the idea the government organizing white house youth.org in order to collect young people i
. >>> other headlines. eight major tech companies are urging the obama administration to set surveillance. in a letter signed by apple and google and microsoft and others the companies say the government needs to better balance security needs and privacy concerns. and they want the u.s. to adopt reforms, including clear limits on spying. >>> the senate is back in session today for the first time since the democrats went nuclear blowing up the rules over filibusters. on a defense spending bill before the holiday break in two weeks, it is not clear if republicans might turn to other procedural moves to try to slow down the democrats and getting some of the stuff through. >>> in the meantime, we could see a federal budget before the week is out. house and senate negotiators are set to close a budget deal the first in two years. . "the washington post" says it would roll back some of the cuts and take action to reduce the deficits. overall it may not be the grand bargain some were hoping for. negotiators have been trying to find common ground since october as part of the grooemted thagre end
to turn this safety net into a hammock. >> my contention is that the obama administration is encouraging parasites to come out and to, you know, take as much as they can with no remorse. and this is how our country declines. this is how we become a weak nation. >> self-reliance means if anyone will not work, neither should he eat. >> i got news for you, in other countries they're not washing their clothes and sitting in air conditioning watching their big screen tv. they're dying. that is poor. >> teach a man to fish, he can feed himself for a life. don't simply feed fish. >> now, e.j., these are leading members of congress republican and leading influence talk show hosts and all. it seems more of a biding kind of hostility in their tone. then when you look at, as i did at 5:30 this morning, a picture of this young lady desani 11 years old living in poverty and you match that with some of the venom that is underlying in how the poor is described by some of what i just played. i mean, how do we match that kind of do-it-yourself flat screen tv and all that when you look at this 11-year-old
to this excerpt from the book. quote, millions of citizens believe obama care is worse than any war. at least american soldiers have weapons with which to defend themselves. another quote claims that president obama's administration will use any opportunity to go after the second amendment right and other constitutional rights such as free speech. that's indoctrination. if that doesn't make your list this season, maybe this will. a china ware company is serving a serving tray with president obama's birth certificate. it's the perfect holiday gift for the birther in your family. i can think of some. >>> up next, the political civil war. hoping new fights on the right may cost the republicans a couple of winnable senate seats. remember how that happened last night? you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. [ male announcer ] you've got to try red lobster's four course seafood feast, just 15.99. start with soup, salad and cheddar bay biscuits then choose one of eight entrees plus dessert! four perfect courses, just 15.99. come in to red lobster today and sea food differently. where the
website and claims from the obama administration the site is now working for a majority of americans, a nasty surprise may be in store for some of those americans trying to get insurance. turns out a long list of till unresolved problems means some people who thought they signed up for insurance may not actually be covered come january 1st. joining me monica crowley, fox news contributor, to talk about the political impact of all of this. you know the website issue was very visible, right? you try to log on, you can't do it. this is a different type of problem. it is not as easily seen and it is delayed. so how big of an impact is it going to be if it does happen? >> when the website launched on october 1st there were two huge problems we knew about. i'm sure there were more problems we didn't know about but two big ones we knew about right away. the first was the front end, what the consumer saw. they couldn't even log on. there was a lot of frustration people said i would like to get into the exchanges, i can't even log on, i'm being timed out, i'm losing my information. they said
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